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Ginsburg gets Glamour-ous treatment

You may not expect to see one of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court in the pages of a glossy fashion magazine. After all, their clothes are usually obscured by those black robes. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg graces the pages of the latest issue of Glamour. And the publication is focused not on the justices’ frocks, but rather her career achievements.

In citing Ginsburg as one of its 2012 Women of the Year, the magazine turned to two of her colleagues to sing her praises. “More than any other person, she can take credit for making the law of this country work for women,” said Justice Elena Kagan, who called Ginsburg “an inspiration.”

Friend and sometimes judicial adversary Justice Antonin G. Scalia attested to Ginsburg’s persuasiveness. “She does it quietly,” Scalia observes, “but she’s very effective.”

The justices will issue orders and hear oral arguments Monday. Check our Supreme Court Report for all the latest news from the Court.

Goldstein: Harris could be next Supreme Court pick

SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein has pulled out his crystal ball in an effort to figure out who will be President Barack Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee, should the president be elected to a second term.

Ok, the Goldstein & Russell partner doesn’t have an actual clairvoyant instrument. Instead, he used a set of factors that Obama would likely consider in choosing a nominee should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign during his second term. Those factors include, but are not in any way limited to, gender (the nominee almost certainly will be a woman) and race or ethnicity (there’s a good chance the nominee will also be a minority group member) since diversity has been a top priority for the Obama administration.

After considering dozens of possibilities, Goldstein concluded that the most likely candidate would be California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The former San Francisco District Attorney, whose mother is from India and whose father is Jamaican-American, has “long been well known to the Administration, having been the first California elected official to endorse Barack Obama’s candidacy,” Goldstein writes. At 47, she is also the ideal age to be a Supreme Court nominee in the next three to four years.

But, Goldstein notes, Harris’ own future political plans may not make a Supreme Court nod that appealing to her. By the time Ginsburg retires, he wrote, Harris will either be running for reelection or newly reelected, with her sights possibly set next on the governor’s office.

Ginsburg: Abortion issue should have been left to the states

The U.S. Supreme Court may have jumped the gun by handing down a nationwide abortion rule rather than letting the law develop state by state, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said.

In remarks during a Columbia Law School event marking the 40th anniversary of Ginsburg becoming the school’s first tenured female professor, Ginsburg said of Roe v. Wade: “It’s not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast.”

“The court made a decision that made every abortion law in the country invalid, even the most liberal,” Ginsburg said, according to the Associated Press. “We’ll never know whether I’m right or wrong … things might have turned out differently if the court had been more restrained.”

It’s not the first time Ginsburg has made that observation, but her comments made headlines over the weekend. Ginsburg also made headlines last week with her comments on whether Egyptian officials should look to the U.S. Constitution when drafting their own.

Ginsburg on ‘listening tour’ of Egypt, Tunisia

Justice Sonia Sotomayor isn’t the only one traveling during the U.S. Supreme Court’s winter break. Her colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is on a “listening tour” of Egypt and Tunisia.

Though few details of the justice’s trip have been released – presumably due to security concerns, according to FindLaw – the justice is traveling with her daughter, Columbia law professor Jane Ginsburg. According to the State Department, Ginsburg plans to meet with Egypt’s  top judges and “listen and learn” about the country’s transition to democracy in the wake of the uprisings last year.

Ginsburg’s presence in Egypt and Tunisia is a show of support for officials there, Findlaw reports, and the justice is ready to offer her insights if requested. “Justice Ginsburg would be pleased to answer questions about the U.S. legal system and Constitution,” a State Department press release states.

Supreme spouses memorialize Martin Ginsburg with cookbook

Martin Ginsburg, the late husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was not only a prominent law professor and tax practitioner. He also was quite the cook.

That trait is the focus of a memorial book created by the Supreme Court justices’ spouses and released this week titled, Supreme Chef: Martin Ginsburg.

According to the National Law Journal’s Tony Mauro, the book features many of Ginsburg’s recipes –  from osso buco to chocolate chip oatmeal cookies – punctuated with tributes from the justices’ spouses.  Joanna Breyer remembers Ginsburg giving her just enough advice  “to steer me away from complete culinary disaster.”

In an afterword, Martha-Ann Alito wrote: “Marty’s gleeful smile, his mischievous wit, perfect manners and his adoring gaze of Justice Ruth enlivened every event we as spouses shared. His benchmark warmth, culinary excellence and considerate birthday cakes remain goals to be attained by this most junior spouse. He lives on as an inspiration to me.”

The book was published by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Age before humor

Age is in the eye of the beholder. And during oral arguments yesterday in the case Zivotofsky v. Clinton, Justice Elena Kagan seemed to see age a little differently than one of her colleagues.

When a lawyer pointed out that only those born in Jerusalem before 1948 have the option of listing Palestine as the birthplace on their passports, Kagan, who was born in 1960,  said: “Well, you have to be very old to list Palestine.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was born in 1933, interjected: “Not all that old.”

The remark drew laughter from the crowd and the bench, including Kagan.

Ginsburg: I feel good

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has twice battled cancer and has since been the subject of speculative whispers regarding whether and when she would step down from the Supreme Court bench, told USA Today that she feels fine and isn’t going anywhere.

Ginsburg said she received a clean bill of health after her most recent annual checkup. Ginsburg, 78, has shot down retirement rumors before, saying that she’d like to stay on the bench until she is at least 82 – the age at which Justice Louis Brandeis retired from the Court in 1939.

But as the next presidential election looms just one year away, speculation over Ginsburg’s future on the Court and the implication of a possible vacancy next term have some left leaning political commentators  openly urging Ginsburg to step down now. In April, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy wrote that Ginsburg and Justice Stephen Breyer should consider hanging up their robes so that President Barack Obama gets two more Supreme Court appointments before his first term ends.

“If Obama loses, they will have contributed to a disaster,” Kennedy wrote in a piece on The New Republic‘s website.

Ginsburg on the power of dissent

Sometimes it’s important to disagree – even against a Supreme Court majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a crowd of female judges this weekend.

Ginsburg, speaking to a crowed of roughly 300 female judges at the National Association of Women Judges conference in Newark this weekend, said that she is not afraid to speak up when she disagrees with a judgment of the Court, the Star-Ledger reports.

“I will continue to speak out in dissent when important matters are at stake,” Ginsburg said.

By example, she referenced her dissent in the case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Speaking from the bench, she urged Congress to pass a law allowing women to file unequal pay suits if they learn of the pay disparity beyond the 180 filing deadline under federal law. Congress subsequently passed the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act doing just that.

Ginsburg said speaking out in dissent can even win over fellow justices.

“On rare occasions, a dissent turns the court and becomes the opinion of the Court,” Ginsburg said.

Ginsburg evacuated from plane after engine fire reported

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is safe and unharmed after she and 178 other passengers were evacuated from a plane at Dulles International Airport Wednesday after an engine fire was reported by the pilot.

The plane, United Airlines Flight 586, was scheduled to fly to San Francisco and was still on the ground when the Ginsburg and the other passengers were directed to exit via emergency slides. They returned to the terminal and no one was seriously injured.

Ginsburg chills at the theatre

Readers of this blog know that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fan of the theatre. So it should be no surprise that the justice caught a performance of “The Boy Detective Fails” at the Signature Theatre Company in Arlington Sunday.

But apparently Ginsburg was not a big fan of the venue’s air conditioning settings.  According to the Washington Examiner, Ginsburg was spotted during intermission – accompanied by a security detail – going to her car and retrieving a shawl to wear for the balance of the show.